News Release: November 9, 2016
The MSCFF congratulates Governor-Elect Greitens. The campaign season is over and we look forward to working with Governor-Elect Greitens and his staff on the many issues facing Missouri’s Public Safety concerns. On behalf of our 6,000 members I have every confidence that we will build a relationship that will benefit all Missourians.
Sherwood L. Smith
Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to welcome our newest Affliate Local: Lake City, MO Fire Fighters. Lake City Fire Fighters protect the individuals that work and reside at the Army Ammunition Production facility, located in Independence, MO.
IAFF 2nd District Officers,
SAFER funding only includes staffing and not any of the other requirements to hire and train fire fighters. AFG is the only place where training and equipment can be requested. Many departments have not considered this and then have to find the funding for physicals, training, and other requirements for bringing on or rehiring fire fighters. Once this application period closes on November 18, 2016 the next time this grant will open will not be until the middle or late 2017. It is very important to consider all the requirement for adding staffing now and not waiting until the SAFER grant application period. No date have been announced for SAFER grant application period.
Training is a major component of this grant. Funding can be requested for a variety of training programs including all those offered by the IAFF. With other sources of training grant money drying up, it is imperative that departments needing this training put in AFG requests for it. Depending on the cost of the program, it might meet the requirements to be requested as a micro grant which can increase the odds of approval. Expensive programs like Fire Ground Survival can be requested which will make these programs much more accessible.
Health and wellness is also a major component of the grant. If your department doesn’t have a health and safety program, or lack portions such as mental health, this is the time to be requesting funding for these projects. Depending on the cost of the project, these can also be requested as micro grants.
Over the last seven year many departments within the IAFF 2nd District have received technical assistance to create successful grants. Please contact me for technical assistance as quickly as possible for AFG and any other grant. The earlier we can help the more successful the request. Our union needs to be involved in the decision making and application creation so we can protect and support our members as much as possible. We can help you make your application as successful as possible. Of all the applications files only about 25% make it through the process. Successful applications are ranked based on their computer and table scores and then awards are made until the money runs out. It’s not just important to make it through, it’s important to rank high to improve your chances of success. We can help.
IAFF 2nd District Vice President
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Photo credit: The Missouri Times
Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters were proudly displaying their Gold and Black signs IAFF Fire Fighters for Schmitt during a press conference that was held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on August 24th. Senator Eric Schmitt is running for Missouri Treasurer.
Senator Schmitt praised the men and women who serve as Firefighters, EMT's and Paramedics in Missouri for the jobs that they perform serving our communities. Senator Schmitt said he was honored to have the endorsement of the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters. Read more about this at Missouri Times article here.
Brothers and Sisters of the IAFF 2nd District,
This past week has seen several events unfold at a national and local level that could potentially impact our lives . Between the announcement that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges, the very recent police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded in Dallas resulting in the loss of at least five of our brother law enforcement officers…. and just yesterday the police officer being ambushed and shot in St. Louis County who remains in critical condition. The national news and in particular social media have exploded with people from all walks of life expressing very strong opinions on these situations.
I ask that you keep the fallen, their families, and their co-worker in your thoughts and prayers, and I encourage you to see that these events represent a very real reason for us as first responders to remind ourselves that we are the government, and to people who feel oppressed and disenfranchised by the government, we represent the forces they believe are treating them unfairly. Across the country, Fire and EMS workers have increasingly become victims of violence, and events such as those that occurred this week only heighten the potential for that to occur.
Many of our members have been expressing concerns and opinions on social media and in the firehouses/ambulance bases amongst our sisters and brothers. We all have a right to do that. It’s called freedom of speech – and it’s a right that every single one of us takes seriously. As we move forward, to make sure we all stay strong for each other and continue to display our professionalism, we want you to keep some things in mind.
Remember that the IAFF is a family. Everyone we work with and everyone in our respective communities – the people who pay our salaries and who we put our lives on the line to protect – are also a part of our extended family.
This broader family is made up of people of many races, colors, creeds, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, income levels and religions.
And just as important as our right to free speech, every single one of us has the right to a safe and respectful workplace, and to be treated with respect.
We also have a responsibility to be respectful to others at all times. It is crucial that, as leaders and as trusted protectors of our community, we make our display of respect universal. Nothing less is acceptable.
Every single one of us has a role in this.
Before you speak; before you talk to others in the community or to someone on the side during a call; before you post a comment or share a link on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram; think about the message you are sending (intentional or not). Because the photos, the cartoons and news articles with the political opinions, the info graphics you send around, are a reflection on not only you but on all of those with whom you serve.
And as we all know too well, those who work against us, those who don’t like what we stand for, it takes just one mistake, one slip up, for them to grab hold and make a big deal out of something, no matter how small, unfair or out of context it may be. Yes, we are held at a higher standard.
It’s a tough spot to be in, but it’s what every single one of us chose willingly when we signed up for this job.
Because of the work all of you do every day, we have a very high standing within our communities. Overwhelmingly, the public holds us in high regard.
To continue to be effective, to continue to hold the trust, to continue to be able to work to improve our lives and safety on the job, we need to maintain that standing.
At the end of the day, we all share one thing in common – to ensure the safety of the public (and each other) we so proudly serve while doing the job we love. That’s what unites us. That’s what makes us strong. We all work side-by-side, everyday in life and death situations. And we all have a role in keeping our union and our ranks strong. Please stay alert, familiar with your surroundings and lets continue to have each other’s back.
IAFF 2nd District Vice President
The Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention passed Resolution #23 "Our Good Name" which applies to the use of the IAFF Logo.
This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.
Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within North America that fully complies with Resolution #23. All of the employees at Union Shop Apparel are members of IUPAT Local 820. We invite you to visit their website and checkout their new Online Store. They specialize in Custom Embroidery and Silk Screening.
What's New at MSCFF
The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets.
This new technology works in concert with our website. All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website. We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.
If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register. Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand. Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.
Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website. From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.